Drawing Instruments in shagreen case by R. Bakewell, circa 1800

Drawing Instruments in shagreen case by R. Bakewell, circa 1800


Brass-mounted shagreen case with drawing instruments by Richard Bakewell, circa 1800



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Category: Drawing Instruments


Offered for sale is a very fine and complete set of shagreen-cased antique drawing instruments including sector signed *R. Bakewell Maker*. The case interior is lined in red velvet, the exterior fitted with brass molding and escutcheon plate. Complete with 12 instruments including rules, protractor, dividers and all accessories. Beautiful, original patina throughout. 

Richard Bakewell (active 1797 to 1826) traded at Loveday Street, Birmingham. According to his trade card he was “manufacturer of mathematical instruments, brass compasses, brass and plated collars, surveyors measuring tapes, etc.”

Similar sets by Bakewell are found in the Oxford Museum of History & Science and the Science Museum Group:



A fine example in exceptionally original condition. Sources: Clifton p. 15, Webster Signature Database.






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Instrumentum is based in the United States and specializes in high quality 17th and 18th century scientific instruments for mathematics, architecture/engineering, navigation, and the building trades. We have been collecting instruments, mainly from Europe, for over 20 years and have a particular interest in early continental and British architectural drafting sets and dividers. Please contact us at instrumentuminfo@gmail.com.

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